Patricia Waiwood-How I cycled across the US one-handed
Tricia Waiwood Bio
Speech Title: A Purpose-driven Ride
Born with only one hand, Ohio native Tricia Waiwood still made it her mission to join the US military. After being turned down by four branches and the JAG Corps, she resolved instead to be a “battle buddy” to veterans at home, since she couldn’t be their “battle buddy” on the field. Motivated by the “American spirit” exhibited most clearly by the US military, she has overcome her challenges to complete three cross-country cycling trips alone to raise money for wounded warriors, the inaugural trip crossing the country between California and New York. Her most recent undertaking, in January ‘17, was a 12-lap ride around Oahu in 12 days, in honor of 12 Marines from Kaneohe Bay MCB who died in a training accident on 1/14/16. The ultimate goal, yet unachieved fully, is to raise money for 12 service K9s for veterans with PTSD and name them after the 12 Marines.
When she’s not pedaling, Tricia relished seizing opportunities to tell didactic stories about her cycling excursions (like being chased down the road by a coyote), as a backdrop for explaining why she believes so strongly in raising support for veterans, bearing in mind the words of a former combat Marine and friend: There’s no such thing as an unwounded warrior.
One-handed Woman Cycling 1,200 Miles to Aid Veterans With PTSD
An Ohio woman born without a left hand will pedal 12 times around Hawaiian island Oahu for a good cause—she is raising money to sponsor 12 service dogs for veterans.
Patricia Waiwood, 27, from Cleveland, was denied enlistment to the Marine Corps and all other branches because she was born without a hand, but that doesn’t stop her from helping.
She says that while she can’t serve in Iraq or Afghanistan “at least when they come home I can support them.”
Which is exactly what she is doing.
Waiwood will cycle 1,200 miles around the island in honor of the 12 Marines who were killed in a January helicopter crash off Oahu’s North Shore. Her mission is to raise $180,000 for K9 for Warriors, to sponsor 12 service canines for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injuries.
Waiwood has raised money for veterans in the past. In 2014 she cycled across the country for the Wounded Warrior Project, and last year she made another trip from Ohio to Florida.
This year, Waiwood hopes to finish her training and raise the money by October.
“The unfortunate, staggering fact is, everyday 22 veterans returning from combat take their own lives,” said Rory Diamond, executive director, at K9s For Warriors in a statement.
“The K9s for Warriors training program not only provides our soldiers with a live-saving gift, but it’s also an opportunity for peer to peer support with other servicemen and women who suffer from similar issues,” added Diamond.
by Jerome S Taniyama, Secretary, Hawai‘i Men’s Shed Association
Back in late 2015 at a Rotary club meeting, I learned about the “men’s shed” program. To me, that term conjured up an image of an old workshop or storage building next to a residence. I was corrected by a fellow Rotarian who described the Men’s Shed as a club made up of senior men drawn by fellowship, and the desire to work on personal and group projects. In fact, over 10 years ago, the concept began in Australia through Rotary clubs that helped charter Men’s Shed to provide an opportunity for senior age men. There are now over 1,200 Men’s Sheds in Australia. The Australian government documented positive results in the mental and physical health of Men’s Shed members, and now provides funding subsidies to ensure their sustainability.
The Hawai‘i Men’s Shed Association officially chartered its shed on March 1, 2016, and filed legal paperwork with the state DCCA, tax office and IRS as a nonprofit. We saw no similar program or organization that would serve the social needs of senior men. Our Hawai‘i Men’s Shed is modeled after the Australian Men’s Sheds in regards to safety, daily operations and self governance. We run on a minimal budget with funds supplied by member donations and have no paid staff.
In January 2017, the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset adopted the Hawai‘i Men’s Shed as one of its community service projects. Our shed has also received recognition from and the support of Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, an advocate for ku¯puna services. We have also engaged in talks with Marlene Sai (at Na Ku¯puna Makamae Senior Center), the Waikiki Community Center and Kupu Hawaii regarding additional sites and programs.
Our first shed location was at the Makua Alii Senior Center. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we vacated that site. But on Feb. 28, 2017, we rolled out a new shed site located in a DOT-Harbors warehouse at 5 Sand Island Access Road, where we plan to restore 35 used bicycles for disadvantaged youth. We are also looking toward building benches and bookshelves for our neighboring schools.
Our advisory board is made up of very qualified individuals from banking, healthcare, engineering, education, insurance, retail and wholesale businesses, as well as radio media. They have laid out a doable growth plan that includes additional shed locations, doubling our membership, community support and capital improvement fundraising for a permanent location.
We are affiliated with the Men’s Sheds in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the mainland, and network with them about how we can improve safety, and make our sheds more fun and viable in our community. n
HAWAI‘I MEN’S SHED ASSOCIATION
Glenn Sears 808-373-6140 | hawaiimensshed.org
During the 1960s, Hemmings won the Mākaha International Surfing Championships four times. He also won the Peruvian International Surfing Championships in 1964, and then from the surf of Rincon, Puerto Rico, the World Surfing Championship title in 1968. Hemmings was a steersman on four Molokai to Oahu Outrigger Canoe racing Champion teams, and to this day is a pioneer canoe surfing steersman. He attended Punahou School where he is an inductee of the Punahou School Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1991, Hemmings was inducted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame, and in 1999 the Hawaii State Sports Hall of Fame.
Fred Hemmings, one of six children, was born on January 6, 1946 to Fred Sr. who was of English, Irish, French, Indian ancestry was originally from New York and came to Hawaii in 1922 and Lilian Frietas Hemmings,who was of Portuguese extraction, whose ancestors came to Hawaii to work on a sugarcane plantation in 1883. In early childhood, Fred and three other siblings contracted polio though enduring no permanent debilitation.
As a student at Punahou School, Hemmings played competitive football where he was a league all-star player on Punahou's 1964 championship football team.
Hemmings began surfing at the age of 8 at Waikiki. Four years later in 1958, Fred Hemmings began competing in surfing events. That year he placed 3rd in the Makaha International Surfing Championships in the junior men division. He placed first in the following years that he entered (1961, 1963, 1964 and 1966). He continued to enter surfing contests taking him as far as Peru, where he won the Peruvian International Championship. In 1968, Hemmings won the World Surfing Championship in Puerto Rico. After becoming the world's first true surfing champion from Hawaii,Hemmings retired from competitive surfing to focus on creating a new sports industry; promoting and marketing surfing as a viable professional sport.
In 1969, Hemmings produced the Smirnoff World Pro-Am Surfing Championships which became the de facto professional world championships. Hemmings created the Pipeline Masters surf competition in 1971 which is now the longest standing surf contest in the world. Enthralling national audiences, the competition was aired on ABC's Wide World of Sports.
Hemmings was a strong advocate for women in professional surfing. In 1975 Hemmings founded the World Cup of Surfing championshipswith events for both men and women. With dedicated persistence and corporate sponsorship backing the events, surfing competitions at legendary North Shore sites established a strong following and gained a national audience. All the major television networks took notice and broadcast the surfing events Hemmings produced nationally.
Hemmings continued to pursue his dream to make professional surfing a reality. In 1976 Hemmings co-founded, along with Randy Rarick, the organization of International Professional Surfers (IPS). IPS became the first professional surfing circuit, hosting 12 events around the world. Respecting Hawaii's legendary status in surfing, the tour was formatted so that at least three of the events were held in Hawaii. This organization became the forerunner to the Association of Surfing Professionals tour.
In 1983, Hemmings combined the Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, the Duke Classic at Sunset Beach, and the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park, into the Triple Crown of Surfing. The Honolulu Advertiser heralded Fred Hemmings as the "father of professional surfing in Hawaii."
Simultaneously with surfing, Hemmings is also known as a champion canoe paddler. Hemmings was on the championship team in the Molokai to Oahu canoe races in 1967, 1968, 1975 and the Masters in 1984.
Boards and Commissions
Trustee, Hawaii Strategic Development Corp., Appointed by Governor Ige (2016-2020)
- Commissioner, Hawaii Commemorative Quarter Advisory Commission, Appointed by Governor Lingle (2006–2007)
- Commissioner, Governor's Economic Momentum Commission, Appointed by Governor Lingle (2005)
- Member, Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force (2005–2006)
- Commissioner, Governor's Millennium Commission, Appointed by Governor Cayetano (2000)
- Director, Children's Advocacy (1991)
- Trustee, Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (1990–1991)
- Board of Directors, Denver Broncos - National Football League (1984–Present)
- Founder and President, International Professional Surfing (1976–1983)
- Honorary Lifetime Director, United States Surfing Federation (1987–Present)
- Founder and Producer, Triple Crown Surfing (1983–1988)
- Lifetime Director, Association of Surfing Professionals (1985–Present)
- Board of Directors, Hui Nalu O`Hawaii (1976–1979)
- Board of Directors, Boys Club of Honolulu (1976–1979)
- Board of Directors, Outrigger Canoe Club (1972–1973, 1975–1976)
Awards and honors
- Waterman Hall of Fame, Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (2010)
- Surfing Walk of Fame, Huntington Beach, California (2009)
- Lincoln Legacy Award, Republican Party Hawaii (2006)
- Legislator of the Year, Hawaii Medical Association (2005)
- Waterman of the Year, Surf Industry and Manufacturer Association (2002)
- Listed Top 50 Athletes of Hawaii for 20th Century, Sports Illustrated (2000)
- Osmar Legend of Surfing Award, Brazil (2000)
- Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame (1999)
- Legends of Surfing Award (1997)
- Punahou School Athletic Hall of Fame (1994)
- International Surfing Hall of Fame (1991)
- Service to the Sport of Surfing Award, Association of Surfing Professionals (1989)
- Top Ranking Legislator, Small Business Hawaii (1985–1990, 2001–2005)
- Winged "O" Sportsman Award, Outrigger Canoe Club (1969)
- Top Ten Businessmen's Award, Honolulu Junior Chamber of Commerce (1969)
- Duke Kahanamoku Sportsman Award (1969)
- Goodwill Tours with Duke Kahanamoku, State of Hawaii (1966–1967)
- Athlete of the Year, Honolulu Quarterback Club (1964)
Talent, Advertising and Promotional Credits
- Co-Host, "Equal Time with Fred Hemmings", KHNR Radio 97.5 (2004–2006)
- Radio Talk Show Host, KGU Radio (1991–1992)
- Commentator, "Sports World", National Broadcasting Company (1979–1983)
- Commentator, "Wide World of Sports", American Broadcasting Company (1970–1975, 1978)
- Commentator, "Sports Spectacular", Columbia Broadcasting System (1976–1977)
- Producer/host, "Hawaii Sports Scene", KITV (1972)
- Consultant/test pilot—first artificial wave machine, "Big Surf", Clairol Incorporated (1969)
- National Television Commercials—United Airlines (1966), Kellogg's Cereal (1967), Eastman Kodak Co. (Europe) French Commercial (1970)
- Author, "The Soul of Surfing is Hawaiian"—Non-Fiction Best Seller, Hawaii (1997) ISBN 1-56025-205-7
- Contributing Political Editor, Honolulu Magazine (1991–1992)
- Co-Author, "Illustrated Surfing Encyclopedia", Japan (1979)
- Author, "Surfing, Hawaii's Gift to the World" (1977)
- Weekly Columnist, Honolulu Star-Bulletin (1966)
Fred Hemmings is stepfather to the successful writer of the book-turned-movie The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings. When Kaui turned eleven she asked for her name to be changed from Johnston to that of the rest of her family, Hemmings.
- John Clark ’64 (2006). "Mark Cunningham '74: One of the World's Best". Punahou School Alumni Profile.
Punahou has a wonderful surfing history, and many of its students and teachers are legends. When you look at the cast of characters from Punahou, it’s a real who’s who of the sport: former faculty members Peter Cole, Ricky Grigg and Fred Van Dyke; alumni Fred Hemmings ’65, Gerry Lopez’66, Jeff Hakman ’67 and Don King ’78, to name a few.[permanent dead link]
- Warshaw, Matt. The Encyclopedia of Surfing. New York: Harcourt Trade, 2003. 259.
- The Great Hawaii Sports Journal. Waipahu, HI: Island Heritage, 2003. 29, 34.
- "Hawaii sports pioneers, past and present." Honolulu Advertiser 18 February 1986: 20.
- "Waterman Award". Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. August 24, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
- Connelly, Laylan (July 15, 2009). "Surfing Walk of Fame inductees announced". Beach Blog. The Orange County Register. Retrieved July 15, 2009.